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Ford confirms van range revamp

Date: 16 May 2011

Ford has confirmed a completely renewed LCV line-up over the next three years.

All-new Transit and Transit Connect vans will join the new Ranger pick-up that arrives next year, while the Fiesta Van will get a mid-life refresh alongside its car donor vehicle.

The all-new Transit is still a couple of years away and will continue in both front- and rear-wheel drive form, but the current version also gets a new line-up of engines to meet the Euro5 regulations coming in at the end of this year. "The engineers have crawled over the drivetrain and delivered big improvements in fuel economy," said UK boss Nigel Sharp. There is also a new long-wheelbase version of the more efficient Econetic Transit, which Ford claims would save operators £1600 in fuel over 80,000 miles. In addition to the engine changes, service intervals extend to 30,000 miles or two years.

The new Connect will have an interesting role because Ford insiders admit the current model is "a little heavy and expensive, and not the most fuel efficient".

An insider told BusinessCar: "Our biggest weakness, the segment where we've got to increase Ford's share, is the light sub-1.0 tonne, which used to be the domain of the Escort Van."

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